Thursday, July 02, 2015

Denison TMA and "The Log", June 30, 2015

Photos by Bill T and Astrid T
An adventurous group of 10, led by Jean-Guy hiked over the Denison TMA today.  The wildflowers were a joy to behold.  A hot morning gave way to more hospitable conditions after lunch when the wind picked up.  Surprisingly few bugs made this a very enjoyable outing.  PHOTOS

***** Tuesday, July 7th hike *****

We will be hiking to Esten Beach.  Participants are encouraged to bring a bathing suit. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

***** Elliot Lake 60th Activities ******

Thanks to all the volunteers who showed up to help with our contribution (hikes and geocache) to the Elliot Lake 60th activities.  Although no one came to hike or geocache, your support is greatly appreciated.

Friday, June 26, 2015

***** Beaver Mountain Trail *****

The Beaver Mountain Trail is out of bounds until further notice. This is a liability issue that is in the process of being resolved. 

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Nordic TMA, June 22, 2015

Al & Charlotte led 16 Leisure hikers onto the roads of the Nordic TMA, following the top of the dam and then down to the roadway northward to Spillane Lk (aka Westner Lake) where we had a pleasant lunch by the water. We had a couple of new hikers in our group.  PHOTOS

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Mississagi Park Ambassadors

We still have a few days available in our site in Missassagi Park. They are:

5 - 10 July
11 - 12 July
16 - 22 Aug, and
30 - 31 Aug

Call Jim at 848 6035

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Elliot Lake 60th Anniversary

We still need volunteers for our contribution to the Elliot Lake 60th anniversary activities. It is on Sunday the 28th at noon at Westview park. We need 2 hike leaders to lead a family hike from Westview to Spruce beach and one volunteer to help with the geo cache, also at Westview. Please call Jim at 848 6035.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Panel Mine Peninsula, June 15, 2015

Commentary and photos by Allan R.
Thirteen eager hikers were led by Dianne & Shirely on a sunny, breezy (few bugs) hike around the Panel Mine Penninsula. Perfect weather and a great walk with coffee at McD's.  PHOTOS

***** Black Bear Presentation *****

Friends of Algoma East will be having a free Black Bear Presentation on Tuesday, June 23 at 6:45pm in the auditorium of the Pearson Civic Centre.

The presentation will look at Black Bear behaviour, biology, Elliot Lake's Bear Wise Initiative and ways to avoid & react to a Bear encounter.

Please contact Marretta at 705-461-7796 if you wish to attend.

***** Allan Day Memorial *****

The commemoration of Alan Day's memorial in the Westview Park Trans Canada Trail pavilion will take place at 1.30 pm on Wednesday, June 24, 2015.

Alan & Diana Day moved to Elliot Lake from southern Ontario in 1999.

Their love of the outdoors brought them here and they became involved with those activities almost right away. They both had a passion for canoeing and hiking.

After joining the Coureurs de Bois Outdoors Club, the local hiking club, they quickly became active members. Alan became the club's Trail Master and in this position the maintenance of the local trails became a passion for him, in particular the Trans Canada Trail that had been rerouted to travel through Elliot Lake. He worked closely with the Voyageur Trail Association of which the Coureurs de Bois are a membership club.  Alan was responsible for new signage on all the local trails and many of those signs are still used by hikers today.

It was his incentive that produced a new map book of the local trails that is still available at the Visitor Centre today. He was able to enlist the aid of the now defunct Katimavic group to help with the GPSing and directions that made up this useful hikers guide.

In addition, he and Di helped maintain the many canoe routes in the local area. This involved ensuring the portages were kept cleared and the wilderness camp sites clean.

As part of the 50th anniversary of the City of Elliot Lake, Alan was instrumental in having the old rangers cabin moved from Mississauga Park to the Fire Tower Lookout as a tourist attraction.

Alan worked with Carmaine McCullem, Director of Parks and Recreation at the time, to form the Shared Use Trails Association and Chaired the group. This group consisted of all the various clubs utilizing the trails in the Elliot Lake area and ensured a spirit of cooperation between them that still exists to this day. In addition, the cooperative group approach is the envy of many other municipalities along the North Shore.

He was also part of the committee that formed the Elliot Lake Trails Alliance and became Chair of that group. This is a non-profit group consisting of the local trail user clubs designed to obtain financial support from various government sources for trail improvement and projects.
His charitable use of his time also resulted in his becoming the Vice President for the Eastern section of the Voyageur Trail Association.

Alan' s activities were sadly limited when he was diagnosed with kidney failure resulting in his receiving a transplant in 2007. Despite this, he kept busy and was still active in the Coureurs de Bois as President of the club.

In 2011 he was awarded the honour of Volunteer of the Year by the City of Elliot Lake.

Alan's health was now failing, but he kept up his dedicated work ethic and helped design the Porridge Lake Trail and also worked with the volunteers on the boardwalks in the Sherrif Creek Sanctuary.

Alan passed away in 2013.